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Sediba Study

Palaeoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand has assembled a team of more than 80 scientists to study the fossils of Australopithecus sediba. The fossils are comprised of several individual skeletons, all of which were discovered at the Malapa Fossil Site in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, north of Johannesburg.

Since the first discovery in 2008, more and more Australopithecus sediba fossils have been unearthed, providing a wealth of information to scientists. In July 2012 a new fossil find - this time of fossils encased in rock but revealed thorugh CT scans - was announced to the public, and Berger and his team pledged to create an open-access research facility to promote the public understanding of the palaeosciences, and to dig deeper into the history of Australopithecus sediba, and indeed, that of our own species.

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